Civilisation of the German-speaking countries : The present

LGERM1515  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Civilisation of the German-speaking countries : The present
5.0 credits
22.5 h

This biannual course is taught on years 2014-2015, 2016-2017, ...


Level B2 of the Common Europea Framework of Reference for Languages

Main themes

1. the material reality and the communities;
2. political and social organisation (form of government);
3. moral attitudes;
4. intellectual, philosophical and religious life;
5. the hopes, failures and achievements of these communities.


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    The course studies the major developments and structures in politics, social relationships and culture, and introduces the students to contemporary life in the German-, English- or Dutch-speaking communities in Europe.

    By the end of the course, students are expected to have acquired in-depth knowledge of German-/ English-/ Dutch-speaking Europe.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.


This course concentrates mainly on the contemporary aspects of the German-speaking countries, regions and cultures, taking World War II as a starting-point. Special attention is paid to the history of the two German-speaking states, which led to two societies that are in many ways diametrically opposed to each other, and to the profound alterations brought about by the Wende of 1989 and the fall of the Berlin wall. Even if it is hard at this early stage to make a more definitive assessment of the new developments since then, the course will study this reversal in detail.

Teaching methods

Teaching method: formal lectures, personal reading

Evaluation methods

Continuous evaluation.

Individual assignment

Other information

Study aids: course book, text syllabus, video extracts of films, documentaries and archives.

Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Program title
Minor in German Studies

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures: German, Dutch and English

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General